When I thought of what to title this blog post, the first thing I thought of was borrowing a page from John Krasinski's SGN (Some Good News) book. (Okay, technically it's not a book, it's a YouTube show, but they're basically the same thing, right?) In a time of such uncertainty and quite a bit of negative news, it's extremely important to remember the good things. SGN is doing that and so are other talk show hosts and artists. Many people have been finding ways to entertain us and remind us of the positivity that exists in this world.
I've decided to join the positivity party by releasing my first real YouTube video! I had one of my original songs filmed 'live off the floor' (a.k.a. one take audio) prior to the pandemic and instead of questioning whether or not now is the right time in my career to release the video, I simply asked myself if it was the right time for me and (hopefully) for the people watching it. If I can provide something new for people to watch and/or listen to during this time that might bring some joy or even just a distraction from life's problems for a few minutes, then I want to do it.
The song itself, while upbeat, addresses mental health, so I also thought the content would be fitting, given the number of medical professionals who have stated the toll that this situation is taking (and/or will take) on everyone's mental health. I have experienced my fair share of mental health issues prior to all of this and am a firm believer that the more we talk about it, the more effective we will be at reducing (and hopefully one day all together eliminating) the stigma that exists around mental health. It is for this reason that I try to be as forthcoming about my issues as possible, inspire of my fear of being judged for them. (When thought about from a medical standpoint, such a fear ought to be ridiculous because any issues with the mind are medical and therefore one shouldn't be judged for a mental illness any more than for a broken leg, but unfortunately that's what a stigma does). I say this now because I want you to know that if you are suffering from any mental health issues, you are not alone and because I want to encourage you to please, pretty please, reach out for help when you need it, as scary as it is.
In an effort to add in a touch more fun, I created a Trailer for the song I'll be releasing on Thursday at 12pm CST. It gives you something extra to potentially entertain you in the meantime. Hope you enjoy and that you are staying safe and healthy.